To lay a foundation for future land use decisions, workshop participants were asked to assess the current dynamics in their neighborhoods. Participants identified strong blocks that should remain unchanged, weak blocks that could benefit from change and areas where there are transportation issues. Feel free to explore the results in the interactive map above.
After diagnosing strengths and weaknesses, participants were asked to suggest some "new directions" for blocks that they thought were in need of change. Participants pointed to areas where there should be more green space, new residential development, a better mix of uses, increased retail activity and additional business opportunities. Click on the links below to explore the results by the type of new land use direction.
Assets: Broadway Market; neighborhood green space at MLK park; Storefronts/buildings along commercial corridors (Broadway) - great architecture and potential for redevelopment; Central Terminal - seen from everywhere and icon of neighborhood; churches as community anchors; large tracts of vacant land - potential for redevelopment; Matt Urban Center
Strengths: Broadway "Buffalo's 2nd downtown", still many walkable and dense neighborhoods; good bones; urban farming - local entrepreneurial economy; 500-900 Fillmore Avenue - strong housing/rehabs/new residents; cultural diversity; historic churches; greenway and green infrastructure at Paderewski/Central Terminal
Weaknesses: Decrease in density due to demolition/vacancies; gap toothed streetscape in business districts; fragmented neighborhoods; poor condition of public infrastructure (sidewalks); high crime in areas; suburban style housing and businesses do not fit
New directions: Capitalize on history of neighborhood; Zone urban agriculture; traditional mixed-use along Fillmore and Broadway small businesses; improve pedestrian and bicycle access; redensify residential neighborhoods while maintaining green space; new commercial structures built to curb; incubator and live/work space
Assets: Good access to public transportation; Emerson and MLK Park - well maintained, community programming, connection to nature; vacant school building provides redevelopment opportunity
Strengths: Broadway Market block; Cemetery - green space/mini park; front porches on houses encourages community
Weaknesses: Vacant lots - magnets for crime and trash; need more affordable housing - aging population; abandoned industrial buildings - keep the land use but fix the building; more parking along Broadway/Sycamore corridor
New Directions: Vacant lots utilized as additional green space; job training - local jobs for neighborhood residents; utilize vacant parcels for commercial/retail (grocery store); both pedestrian and auto-oriented mixed-use along Genesee, Broadway, and Sycamore
Assets: Houghton Park; access to the Buffalo Creek; local churches; thruway provides easy access; community amenities — Machnica Center, Clinton Library; well-known local businesses — Guzzo's, Pumpernick, Wiechec's.
Strengths: Houghton Academy and Machnica Center act as community anchors, Clinton-Bailey Market; clusters of strong residential — brick streets, nicer homes, larger lots; Parks and green space actively used; landmark buildings
Weaknesses: Vacant housing a haven for drugs; Vacant storefronts along major commercial corridors (Clinton Street); Roads and sidewalks in disrepair; absentee landlords; churches closing; apathy among residents - need more involvement
New Directions: Bike path/public space along Clinton Street, pocket parks; improve access to public transportation; maintain walkability; redevelop industrial sites to keep manufacturing jobs in community; Seneca-Babcock
Assets: Stable businesses provide neighborhood jobs; Food Terminal; Farmer's Market; involved and tight-knit community (Seneca/Babcock Street); parks and community gardens; local institutions like churches and community center Strengths: Proximity to Larkin District; manufacturing = jobs; Seneca and Clinton provide commercial core to serve residential; Enjoy nature at Seneca Bluffs; potential reuse of vacant buildings; stable clusters of residential
Weaknesses: Vacant housing attracts drugs/crime; vacancies and absentee landlords; vacant land; former industrial sites that need remediation, inappropriate businesses (bars, adults shops, etc.); poor condition of public infrastructure (sidewalks and streets)
New directions: Medium and large lot residential infill that is APPROPRIATE to neighborhood; pocket parks and green space to support residential clusters; mix of passive/active neighborhood amenities; Seneca Street more mixed use and pedestrian scale (lighting); Business districts more "family friendly"
Assets: Local churches and spiritual diversity; safe neighborhood; local businesses serving community; innovative new school - new social fabric; community amenities - community, youth, and senior center; baseball diamond (recreation)
Strengths: Designated neighborhood centers; variety of residential architecture; industry employs a lot of residents; reuse of churches by other organizations; well preserved historical buildings
Weaknesses: Mix of incompatible uses (automotive and residential); vacant housing; undesirable businesses; dilapidated buildings should be demolished or rehabbed; improve gateways to neighborhood
New Directions: Traditional mixed-use development along Lovejoy; want walkable business corridors with proper sidewalks, more public and private green space